Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Preparation for IMATS London

I’ve attended the three-day beauty-packed event since training to be a make-up artist and I’ve yet to be disappointed, one of the most exciting things for me and has always been a dream is to work at IMATS and to have the chance to demonstrate my make-up skills there. So this year at IMATS it’s very important year for me where I finally have the chance to meet and greet my followers and to demonstrate two of my popular make-up looks I have recently created- Snow Queen of Sweets and Pop Art Inspired Make-up on the Saturday and Sunday on the CrownbrushUK stand using my favourite Crownbrushes to create these looks of course! I have been spending the last few weeks preparing the looks for my demonstration and finally I am ready! (I think) I am so looking forward to seeing so many amazing talented make-up artists there as well as shopping at some of my favourite brands. I have listed below some brands/products to look out for this weekend:

Crown Brush U.K.

By far the biggest and most packed out stand at IMATS for sure! You can come and see me demonstrate make-up looks Saturday and Sunday on the stand you where you will also have the chance to see our online store right in front of your eyes. Over 50,000 brushes have been packed up to be precise for IMATS! My all-time favourite brush set from Crownbrush is the 613 HD 7 Piece set! I mean if you want flawless make-up application this is you’re to go to palette. I will be using it all weekend!

Bobbi Brown Pro

A chance to become a Bobbi Brown pro and discuss this with the team about this at IMATS. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics like other cosmetics brands such as M·A·C (M·A·C Pro Membership) and Make Up For Ever (Backstage Card) produce a pro line of products that cater towards industry make-up artists, this brand started Bobbi Brown Pro Membership Program in 2011.

It’s also a chance to check out the Bobbi Brown Pro Make-up Artist Palettes, such as the BBU Palette for the Face (Concealers, Correctors & Foundations) and Lips palette! Both over £100 but will last you forever!

Charles Fox – Kryolan

Charles Fox shop is still not available to order online, therefore you always need to order over the phone or take a trip to Charles Fox in Covent Garden. Also finding all the full Kryolan range can be difficult to buy and see, so a chance to go to this store at IMATS is bliss! Most of my make-up kit consists of Kryolan products. In fact I am lost without my Shimmering Vision palette from Kryolan and use it on all my make-up jobs so it’s worth investing money into that palette if you are not sure what to buy there.

 Eye Kandy Cosmetics

I recently blogged about this brand. Eye Kandy is a brand new company that sells glitter and mineral cosmetics, and one thing that got me excited was their liquid adhesive base, ‘Liquid Sugar’. I love it! So if you get chance pop along to the stand to purchase a bottle. The Liquid glitter is designed to hold glitter, mineral and loose powders on all day and giving the illusion of a second skin glitter effect. They have over 85 glitter and mineral shadows in the range.

Face Lace

I don’t know any make-up artists that doesn’t know about Face Lace!  The quirky ready-to-wear make-up designs are a MUA-on-the-go’s beauty dream, with fifteen intricate designs that can be applied in under a minute and are re-usable. If you consider yourself an adventurous beauty addict that is seeking the next exciting fashion thrill, then you are sharing the vision of founder, make-up artist Phyllis Cohen. You wait till you see all her designs. You will want them all!

Love Make Up

UK official stockists of Makeup Atelier Paris, Embryolisse, OCC Makeup Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Everyday Minerals, Kett Cosmetics, Japonesque, NYX cosmetics and more. The main reason I am saying to check out this brand is because they are selling Lime Crime make-up this weekend! One of my top 10 brands I love in my kit. If they have the Velvetines I would buy loads! Red velvet is my go-to red lipstick and would be lost without it. By the way this stuff is gold dust so probably sell out by Saturday morning.

Other Brands you must go check out I love to use…

*Inglot

*M•A•C Cosmetics

*NARS   

*NYX Cosmetics UK

 

This Saturday I will be doing my Pop Art Demonstration 9-4pm. and Sunday My Snow Queen of Sweets Demonstration 10-3pm.

I can’t wait to meet you all!

Karla

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NEW Behind the scene video of me creating my Pop Art Inspired Make-up Look Step-by-Step!

Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and all American pop artists who exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City in the 60s. All which became leading figures in the new art movement gave me inspiration to create a Pop Art make-up look particularly being inspired by Roy’s famous looks with the telephone with an old-fashioned comic strip edge. Every time I look at Pop Art images since I came familiar with this art I imagined how I could paint that on an actual persons face, this vision remained in my head for a long time and it’s been an amazing journey to finally re-create Roy Lichtenstein’s famous looks with make-up hair and body painting with an amazing creative team who believed in my vision and made this possible. Hope it all inspires you all. I am excited to be able to capture and share this experience with you on video. Enjoy!

Karla

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Behind the scenes video of my Snow Queen of Sweets Food Project Photoshoot!

 

It’s finally here! My behind the scenes video how I created my Snow Queen of Sweets Make-up look. A step by step video of how the look was created. Enjoy…. ♥ 

 

Karla
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My make-up work ‘Gloss’ featured in FACEON Magazine Issue 11 2013.

Like all creatives it’s an amazing feeling to see your hard work printed and published in any magazine but to have a regular feature in FACEON Magazine issues is so, so exciting for me- I do beam with pride! 

My ‘GLOSS’ make-up photo-shoot which talented photographer Ryan Handy is featured in FACEON Magazine Issue 11 which includes the inspiration behind the look, step by step guide on how I created the look and the latest beauty trends for 2013 for glossy dewy skin!

I also have some really, really exciting news… I now feature on FACEON ‘Best Choice’ video section as part of the FACEON Collective which show cases all of my YouTube videos, an on-site subscribe and a link to my beauty blog! Check it out >here<

Get your copy of the latest issue 11 FACEON magazine to see my make-up work published.

Karla

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Amazing Illustrations Carly Watts has created inspired by my make-up work and me! &#8230; 
 
And look they are all make-up brushes! *AMAZING*  What I love about these illustrations is that Carly has done her research into my work and each of these make-up brushes has been taking from my make-up portfolio- The first one being Gestural Abstraction body painting I did for Issue 1 of MindGame magazine, The second one from my Food project-Cupcakes and Icing and the Third one being my Pastel photoshoot! Check out Carly&#8217;s blog post here where she shows her inspiration behind the illustration &gt;here&lt; 
Carly is a very talented painter and illustrator who loves to sketch and draw. Carly is slowly getting her work out there creating amazing illustrations like this. Check out Carly&#8217;s blog &gt;here&lt; where you can see more of her work and prices if you would like an illustration of you or your work. 

 
Thanks Carly for this thoughtful piece of art! Follow Carly on Twitter &gt;here&lt; 
 
Karla
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Amazing Illustrations Carly Watts has created inspired by my make-up work and me! …

 

And look they are all make-up brushes! *AMAZING*  What I love about these illustrations is that Carly has done her research into my work and each of these make-up brushes has been taking from my make-up portfolio- The first one being Gestural Abstraction body painting I did for Issue 1 of MindGame magazine, The second one from my Food project-Cupcakes and Icing and the Third one being my Pastel photoshoot! Check out Carly’s blog post here where she shows her inspiration behind the illustration >here< 

Carly is a very talented painter and illustrator who loves to sketch and draw. Carly is slowly getting her work out there creating amazing illustrations like this. Check out Carly’s blog >here< where you can see more of her work and prices if you would like an illustration of you or your work. 

 

Thanks Carly for this thoughtful piece of art! Follow Carly on Twitter >here< 

 

Karla

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My Make-up Work Featured on ‘I Love Body Art’

I Love Body Art website was launched in May 2012 to showcase and promote Body Art in all its forms but what’s special about I Love Body Art website is that they publish photos with permission from the artists where they link all their websites etc. I have now been featured on I Love Body Art website several times now and recently they added my Snow Queen of Sweets Food project photoshoot! I find this website very inspiring and discover so many amazing artists.

If you have some amazing body art that you think they will love to showcase they are taking submissions from all body artists on this contact form >here<

Check out my work featured on their website >here<

Karla
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Body Painting I did on my little sister… So pretty: D
 
I loved creating this body paint on my little sisters back. Who actually didn’t fidget and fell asleep on me…. Perfect!
 
Inspiration from this look came from my Illusion Magazine which I get sent to me three times a year. Illusion Magazine is a new publication designed for Face and Body artists and is packed with articles and photographs from painters from around the world. There are step-by-step photographs of working faces, also showpiece and award winning designs. There are product reviews, business articles and information about forth coming events. 
 
Illusion will most certainly appeal to all Face and Body Artist whether you are starting out and need help and advice in starting up a new venture or you are a professional and enjoy seeing the work of some of the great names in Face and Body Art. I am always in awe when I read this magazine. There are three issues per annum, so go and buy all the old issues as trust me you will never look back. Get your copies here: http://www.illusionmagazine.co.uk/
 
 
Karla
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Body Painting I did on my little sister… So pretty: D

 

I loved creating this body paint on my little sisters back. Who actually didn’t fidget and fell asleep on me…. Perfect!

 

Inspiration from this look came from my Illusion Magazine which I get sent to me three times a year. Illusion Magazine is a new publication designed for Face and Body artists and is packed with articles and photographs from painters from around the world. There are step-by-step photographs of working faces, also showpiece and award winning designs. There are product reviews, business articles and information about forth coming events.

 

Illusion will most certainly appeal to all Face and Body Artist whether you are starting out and need help and advice in starting up a new venture or you are a professional and enjoy seeing the work of some of the great names in Face and Body Art. I am always in awe when I read this magazine. There are three issues per annum, so go and buy all the old issues as trust me you will never look back. Get your copies here: http://www.illusionmagazine.co.uk/

 

 

Karla

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Did You Know this is Body Painting?
Yes it is! When I started to really get into make-up I wanted to take my skills to a new level and create art not just on the face but all over the body. After being inspired by Mark Reid ( a famous body painter who paints amazing jeans) I asked my EX boyfriend if he would let me body paint him- So thanks to him I created this illusion of him wearing a blue shirt, which if you look very closely you will see his armpit hair he he! I should have shaved it to make the illusion look more real! 
 
Body Paint Clothing gives a whole new meaning to the term, “wearing your birthday suit”. Body paint can look extremely real when done by a professional. At many make-up conventions I have seen some where you don’t even notice they are nude until u come up to take a closer look! 
 
Anyone wanting to get into Body Painting I suggest you spend time doing some research on the skill and even read books, watch DVDs, attend private courses and YouTube videos are also a great learning tool. Body painting is an art which can express someone from being Bold, Bizarre, Weird, and Sexy. You can choose to do nude body painting or just the face. Nude is bold, but for those models who wish to keep their clothes on, face painting itself can be just as creative.
 
Body painting is not like a permanent tattoo as it can be washed of easily with water. Painting your shoulders, thighs or backs can be sexy as well as modest. Many women prefer to go for nude body painting as men like to hide those bits!  But you should think wisely about painting a whole body as it may take hours to perfectly paint a body, the shirt on my ex took me over 3 hours! Body painting is not just painting on nude bodies or face but it’s an expression of art so why not have a go at it?
 
 
So the best way to get into body painting is to firstly get inspired! Here I have put links to amazing inspiring body painters that I always look up to. Do check out their work, promise you will LOVE! Any questions on body paints do get in touch! 
 
My Top Three Body Painters:
 
·       Carolyn Cowan- Uses textures and real life sources to create  wonderful body  painting art. 
·       Mark Reid- Who paints amazing Jeans! 
 ·       Joanna Gair- Body painting to the stars! Her body paintings have been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 1999 to the 2011 edition. She is considered the world&#8217;s leading trompe-l&#8217;œil body painter and make-up artist, and she became famous with a Vanity Fair Demi&#8217;s Birthday Suit cover of Demi Moore in a body painting in 1992. Her work is SOOOO Mind blowing! 
 
Karla
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Did You Know this is Body Painting?

Yes it is! When I started to really get into make-up I wanted to take my skills to a new level and create art not just on the face but all over the body. After being inspired by Mark Reid ( a famous body painter who paints amazing jeans) I asked my EX boyfriend if he would let me body paint him- So thanks to him I created this illusion of him wearing a blue shirt, which if you look very closely you will see his armpit hair he he! I should have shaved it to make the illusion look more real!

 

Body Paint Clothing gives a whole new meaning to the term, “wearing your birthday suit”. Body paint can look extremely real when done by a professional. At many make-up conventions I have seen some where you don’t even notice they are nude until u come up to take a closer look!

 

Anyone wanting to get into Body Painting I suggest you spend time doing some research on the skill and even read books, watch DVDs, attend private courses and YouTube videos are also a great learning tool. Body painting is an art which can express someone from being Bold, Bizarre, Weird, and Sexy. You can choose to do nude body painting or just the face. Nude is bold, but for those models who wish to keep their clothes on, face painting itself can be just as creative.

 

Body painting is not like a permanent tattoo as it can be washed of easily with water. Painting your shoulders, thighs or backs can be sexy as well as modest. Many women prefer to go for nude body painting as men like to hide those bits!  But you should think wisely about painting a whole body as it may take hours to perfectly paint a body, the shirt on my ex took me over 3 hours! Body painting is not just painting on nude bodies or face but it’s an expression of art so why not have a go at it?

 

 

So the best way to get into body painting is to firstly get inspired! Here I have put links to amazing inspiring body painters that I always look up to. Do check out their work, promise you will LOVE! Any questions on body paints do get in touch!

 

My Top Three Body Painters:

 

·       Carolyn Cowan- Uses textures and real life sources to create  wonderful body  painting art.

·       Mark Reid- Who paints amazing Jeans!

 ·       Joanna Gair- Body painting to the stars! Her body paintings have been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 1999 to the 2011 edition. She is considered the world’s leading trompe-l’œil body painter and make-up artist, and she became famous with a Vanity Fair Demi’s Birthday Suit cover of Demi Moore in a body painting in 1992. Her work is SOOOO Mind blowing!

 

Karla

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I am loving Famous (by Sue Moxley) shimmery eye shadows this season!

Using Famous Merged Eye Shadows on set….

These two fabulous merged eye shadows in ‘Shade 2’ and ‘Shade 6’ by a brand called Famous by Sue Moxley are just a prized jewel in my make-up kit right now. The brand has some great baked bronzers which I keep finding myself wearing each day!

 

These eye shadows are merged shadow from one what I understand is a mainly one colour with a mix of some other shades interwoven in the shadow and merged together. So when I swipe it across different areas of the shadow, it would give me a little different shade as opposed to one single shade like other shadows… well I think that’s what it is! Ha….

 

I love Shade 6… Perfect for smoky eyes!

 

I had never known about these beauties until I started my new job at FB Beauty and met Sue Moxley who introduced me to her wonderful cosmetics.

 

My review on Shade 2, Price:£2.00

Available only at Superdrug, UK

 

'Shade 2'is a merge of white, beige, brown and taupe with metallic finish and the sheen to it is outstanding. The shadow is very, very smooth and easy to work with, very pigmented and shows up a lot on the lid so to be used very little and very gorgeous. I have even used Shade 2 (in the above behind the scene picture) as a highlighter on top of tanned skin!!

 

So for only £2 why not try out these eye shadows for your make-up kits?

 

Karla

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Want to know how I created this Leopard Print Eye Make-up on Myself?

 

I LOVED creating this Leopard Print Eye Make Up which is definitely an artistic expression that eye-catching! I can’t wait to show you my zebra print eyes tomorrow! So if you’re feeling especially wild, why not give this eye look a go with my step by step guide? I will also be doing a YouTube video on this look very soon!

 

Step 1:

Using a gold eye shadow apply this all over the eye lid up to the eye brows.

 

Step 2:

Using a black water proof liquid eyeliner and line your top and bottom lash line then extend the line in the inner corner of the eyes to create a ‘cat eye look’.

 

Step 3:

Then take a felt eyelinerin black and make little dots in the shape of c’s and o’s all over the eye lid then take a gold liquid eyeliner to fill in the centre of the o’s and c’s aka leopard prints.

 

Step 4:

Apply three coats of  mascara or apply false eye lashes in black to make the eyes look fierce.

 

Some tips when creating your leopard print eye look:

·      A felt tip eyeliner makes doing the outline of the leopard patterns a lot easier to do.

·      Use gel glitter eyeliners to fill in the leopard pattern for a bit of extra glam!

·      Before filling in the leopard print outlines, wait for the eyeliner to dry before applying the gold in the middle of the patterns

·      Don’t draw the leopard print patterns too close together, as it could end up not looking like leopard print patterns.

 

Have fun with animal print and show off this look with pride!

 

Karla

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